Happy Friday! With each week of warmer and sunnier weather, Friday is a more and more welcome treat. I can’t wait until weekends are spent more outside!
We recently replaced our Nalgene water bottles with Hydroflasks and I am so happy I made the switch. Water just tastes better out of the Hydroflask – fresher and less plasticky. They’re easier to hold – and fit in my car’s cup holders! Since Hydroflasks are double vacuumed sealed, I can also use it for coffee – and goodness knows, I drink a lot of coffee. Hydroflask also supports three outdoors non-profit organizations with their Parks for All Initiative – 5% of their proceeds from each water bottle sold support these groups.
My foot is feeling better already as I follow my recovery protocol for mild plantar fasciitis. I was pulling in the reins on running, both mentally and physically, late last week and earlier this week. With a noticeable difference in the tightness in my heel and the arrival of spring weather (although we are still getting so much rain), I now feel much more ready to train hard again. I ran my first speed workout in several weeks and while the repetitions at 5K pace singed my lungs, it felt so wonderful to run fast again.
My mantra for training and racing at the California International Marathon was “the body achieves what the mind believes.” Expectations shape a run or race – if you don’t believe you can achieve your goals, then you won’t. Your expectations shape your mind, and your mind shapes how you respond to those moments in a race when running is incredibly uncomfortable.
I’ve received and given the advice of setting multiple goals on race day, but Allie (Vita Train 4 Life) suggests that maybe multiple goals isn’t the most prudent approach for racing. According to her interviews with sports psychologists, setting A, B, and C goals can confuse the mind or make you subconsciously settle for less because of how the multiple goals mess with your expectation.
This doesn’t mean you have to always set time goals: setting a PR, running negative splits, or nailing your nutrition are all other goals that you can have a single focus on.
I also like Allie’s article because it removes the temptation to sandbag goals. Just because you have a single big goal doesn’t mean you will achieve it, but that’s better for you than saying “oh, I just want to break 2 hours” when you are training to run a sub-1:45 half marathon. Grappling with a missed goal only makes you a stronger runner, and achieving a big single goal is ineffably uplifting. Own your goals.
Birkenstocks! Thanks to everyone who recommended these! Funny enough, I was considering them earlier that week when we were shopping at REI, so I ordered a pair of the Mayari sandals. They are so gloriously comfortable that I don’t mind wearing them around the house…and to walk the dogs…and just out and about.
I think you all know my indulgence foods of choice by now: donuts, beer, and good pub fries (not fast food fries – those are gross to me). Last Saturday, Ryan and I visited one of our favorite breweries (Redhook Brewery) and enjoyed a pint of beer and a shared ordered of fries outdoors. (Full confession: I also had a donut that morning after our run from a local bakery).
My theory on healthy eating is that of balance and moderation – to allow those little indulgences as long as a majority of your eating focuses on nutritious high-quality foods. Some days, my diet is a nutritionist’s dream – oatmeal with fruit and chia seeds for breakfast, sweet potatoes, kale, and quinoa for lunch, yogurt for a snack, and chicken breast, potato, and more veggies at dinner. Other days, I eat the fries while drinking a beer. Nutritionists do say that it’s healthy to indulge – and food is about so much more than nutrients.
Do you set one goal or multiple goals for races?
What indulgent food are you craving right now?